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#6600519 - 12/23/16 07:39 PM 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts
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I am acquiring one of these in Remington 700 with laminate stock. Going to be a gift for a good friend who always takes care of me hunting wise. I am hand loader. Outside of the obvious recoil issues and kind of overkill, any thoughts on this. This rifle has a muzzle break that I am considering removing. Not a fan of all that noise. Would be used on mountain hunts so taking a recoil blow couple times a season doesnt seem to offset all that blast of a break.

Never shot or been around this caliber. Anything is more than I have.

Thanks in advance

Murph

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#6600721 - 12/23/16 10:01 PM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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I have helped two friends work up loads for theirs. One has already rebarreled to 300win and the other having a 28 Nosler built to replace

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#6600761 - 12/23/16 10:57 PM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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I owned one in a braked Sendero for a while. It is an impressive round. Used the Berger 190 over 96 +/- grains of R25 For 3200 FPS IIRC. Everything I shot with that combo died with authority.

Soon realized that I didn't need to burn almost 100 grains of powder and all the noise to kill deer and sold it.

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#6600774 - 12/23/16 11:07 PM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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I had one and it's a beast of a gun. Ballistics are pretty good as well. I put a break on it due to the recoil, which was pretty tough to handle when sighting it in. You are correct the break makes it louder than all get out. It really carries a lot of energy. Ammo is harder to find than say 308 or 270 and the price is pretty expensive. But for big game like elk, moose, bear and even bigger, it's a solid choice.
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#6600777 - 12/23/16 11:14 PM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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Is that really the cartridge you want to pursue? If the guy can't handle it then the gift value will likely go to waste. Not assuming anything at all here, but if I was going to give someone a gift of appreciation I would want it to be something they would keep and use with enthusiasm. In all honesty, I wouldn't want it myself (grew out of my macho phase several decades ago).
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#6600798 - 12/23/16 11:47 PM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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Thats a very considerate gift for a friend, but would a 300 win mag maybe be a better choice? I am not sure what game will be pursued, but I can shoot 300 Win Mag without too much of a problem from sight in to field use. A friend had a 300 RUM and I put a few rounds through it to confirm zero and it was brutal, of course it does not have a brake on it. Not knocking your choice, just saying there may be other caliber choices that would also work well with less powder.


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#6600822 - 12/24/16 01:09 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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I have one and truly enjoy the gun. It does have a break but they make ear protection for a reason. Good ballistics and a very accurate gun. Very generous of you. I have not shot it without the break, so no info there.

As far as being macho, my 11 year old niece and 10 year old nephew must be tough son of a guns rofl Both killed their first deer with it and it is the only gun my sister uses because it is what she learned with and feels most comfortable. You should meet her, pretty macho smh

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#6600881 - 12/24/16 06:58 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Buying it for a friend, yet thinking about altering it? confused2
I have shot 2 that my buddies have, they do kick, but it isn't like you're going to be busting soda cans for a couple hrs, one bud has a break on his, loud, but you can feel the difference.

I agree with Crash, I'd consider a 300WM, those worked for most of Sniper Chris Kyle's work and may be a little cheaper to shoot.

Also agree with TREX (txshntr) Don't see what being "macho" has to do with it.

My primary hunting rifle is a 300WSM and I love it, no break and gets the job done well on elk.
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#6601039 - 12/24/16 10:12 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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300wm is about the top limit for me when it comes to recoil. Theres really not much need for magnum rifles in TX unless you compete long range or hunt game larger than whitetail. Even so, I cant see the need for 300 RUM. For me, if I needed/wanted bigger than 300wm Id just step up to a 338 lapua.

Also, I would never hand a magnum, much less an ultra magnum, to a 10yr old. They'll likely learn bad habits instead of fundamentals. Theres a reason they dont teach kids in Hunters Ed or run Appleseed shoots with magnum rifles.

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#6601044 - 12/24/16 10:17 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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I love my 300WM and never saw the need to burn significantly more powder to gain very little. I shoot the 208 amax atop ~77gr H1000 at about 3000fps and it is a hammer on everything.

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#6601059 - 12/24/16 10:30 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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While I don't own a .300 UM, I do have a 7mm UM and am very, very happy with it. The unbraked recoil is quite sharp, so I wouldn't remove the brake until the rifle's been shot by the new owner; let him make the call.

Sometimes more really is better.

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#6601063 - 12/24/16 10:35 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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#6601093 - 12/24/16 11:05 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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Yeah it really has nothing to do with 'handling' it. Guys 6'5" and runs a 7mag now as it is. We hunt in the Davis Mountains out west plenty of elk and Aoudad. Mule deer too. Opportunity for longer range shots. I have the same rifle Rem 700 LSS in 300WM and love it. He has always admired it. Devil of a time finding this particular gun in 300WM. Only made for 2 years in that caliber. The alter part is only removing the removable break and perhaps getting a cap. The amount of times fired would really negate any recoil aspects. He has plenty of other rifles for whitetail. Sounds like a mixed bag of thumbs up or down.

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#6601126 - 12/24/16 11:57 AM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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There's a big gap between 7 mag and 300 ultra mag recoil. Whether people admit it or not, the 300 ultra is well over the limit for most. You could always work up some lighter loads if the recoil bothered him or try a different brake. They are all loud but some are better than others. It's just not a very practical round for most of us.

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#6601151 - 12/24/16 12:24 PM Re: 300 Remington Ultra Mag - Opinions-Thoughts [Re: Murphscout]
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So why is it that someone will always try to read some meaning into another's post to justify pokin em in the eye with a stick? I am pretty danged sure you guys wouldn't behave like that in face-to-face conversation. Why would you do it here?

I think TxHunter80 is very correct. Being 6'5" doesn't mean a thing when it comes to recoil, and a 7 Mag is a pussycat. A .300 UM will be a beast without a brake, and obnoxiously loud with one. But that's just how Yours Truly feels about it. Since this thread was originated to solicit opinions, I am hoping this is okay to say.
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